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Recommendations Received for Georgia Southwestern Presidency

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Atlanta — May 14, 2007

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Regent Hugh Carter, chair of the Special Regents’ Committee for the presidential search at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in Americus, and University System of Georgia Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Beheruz N. Sethna announced they had received the recommendations of the campus search committee.

A national search was launched to replace GSW President Michael L. Hanes, who departed in January 2007 after more than 10 years of service.

The recommended individuals, in alphabetical order:

Dr. Tina K. Anderson, president of Moultrie Technical College, in Moultrie, Ga., since 2003 and a former admissions officer at Georgia Southwestern and GSW alumna. From 2000 to 2003, she provided leadership to Middle Georgia Technical College, in Warner Robins first as vice president for student services and then as vice president for instruction. Anderson also served as director of the Career Resource Center and an instructor for the Freshman Year Experience at Middle Georgia College in Cochran from 1995 to 2000. She served as associate director of admissions and an instructor in the College of Business at Georgia Southwestern from 1992 to 1995. Before that, she spent two years as a continuing education instructor at South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

Anderson, who has been featured as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “Forty Under 40”and one of South Georgia Magazine’s “25 Most Influential People,” holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership conferred in 2002 by Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. She also has a master of science degree with a concentration in management from GSW earned in 1992 and a bachelor of business administration in marketing, also from GSW, earned in 1987.

Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, an attorney and executive assistant to the chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, N.C. Fuse-Hall was appointed to this position as a senior administrative officer in 2002. She also served as the university’s acting vice chancellor for institutional advancement for seven months in 2003. Before joining NCCU, she held numerous positions at the University of North Carolina (UNC), including corporate secretary of the university in the Office of the President from 1994 to 2002, which made her a member of the president’s cabinet. She also served as associate dean of UNC Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1994. While a cabinet member at UNC from 1999 to 2001, she served as a seminar professor in American studies, lecturing on “The Role of the University in American Life” and teamteaching a course on the history, diversity, public policy and future of American higher education. She continues to serve as a guest lecturer at UNC on “The History of HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in North Carolina.”

Fuse-Hall earned a law degree with honors from the Rutgers University School of Law in 1983 and is a retired member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, where she worked as a judicial law clerk in 198384. She also earned a bachelor of science degree in the administration of criminal justice with honors from UNC Chapel Hill in 1980 and completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management in 1996.

In addition to forwarding the names from among those interviewed at GSW, the campus search committee has recommended that the board consider the university’s interim president, Dr. Kendall Blanchard, as well. The committee has respectfully requested that the board waive its policy prohibiting an acting president from being considered for the permanent position in this case.

Blanchard, who has been interim president of Georgia Southwestern State University since January, served from 1999 to 2002 as president of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., an institution of 4,400plus students and 200 fulltime faculty. Prior to his appointment as interim president of GSW, Blanchard had been serving as a professor of management and anthropology in the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College. Before his tenure as president of that institution, he served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Tenn., from 1995 to 1999. Blanchard also was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, from 1991 to 1995 and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. In addition, from 1978 to 1987, he served as chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Middle Tennessee State University.

Blanchard holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in anthropology, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1971 and 1970, respectively. He also earned a master of divinity degree in religion studies and anthropology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., in 1968, and a bachelor’s degree in English, history and philosophy from Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, Ill., in 1964.

The Board of Regents expects to name the next president of Georgia Southwestern State University at a future meeting.

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